A San Diego County sheriff’s deputy was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after driving through the front gate of a military base without stopping Friday night, the sheriff’s department said.The incident occurred at Naval Base Coronado. Did.
Sergeant Michael Cruz, who has worked for the sheriff’s office since 2006, was off duty at the time of the incident, the sheriff’s office reported in a news release.
Cruz was placed on administrative leave while the Coronado Police Department and Naval Criminal Investigative Service investigated the incident, the sheriff’s department said.
Naval Base Coronado was put under lockdown Friday night after vehicles passed through the facility’s main gate without stopping, a military spokesman said.
Kevin Dixon, a spokesperson for Naval Station Coronado, told KNSD-TV that after a “gate runner” drove non-stop through the entrance of Naval Air Station North Island, which is part of Naval Station Coronado, the driver entered the base. He said he was taken into custody by security guards.
Several police cars surrounded the entrance near Coronado’s Third Street and Alameda Boulevard around 10:30 p.m., KNSD-TV reported.
Multiple gates at the air base near San Diego were closed while security personnel checked the facility, Dixon said.
“Due to a security incident, the front gate of Naval Air Station North Island is currently closed. Please stay away from the front gate while security investigates,” the Coronado Naval Base Facebook page posted early Saturday morning. There was a post.
Later that morning, another Facebook post read, “Gate 2 (Carrier Gate) is now open for vehicle ingress and egress. The outer main gate on 4th Avenue is open to vehicles and pedestrians. Open to traffic. Main gate inbound remains closed for security. Activities.”
Naval Air Station North Island is one of eight US military installations that make up Naval Station Coronado.
In February 2022, a driver with bomb-making materials was found at the same gate at the base. The materials were not assembled into the device and the driver was detained for questioning, the base said at the time.